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Monday, November 1, 2010

"Savior On Capitol Hill" By: Derek Webb

While it may be exciting to see the Democrats lose so many House seats in tomorrow's election as a strong rebuke for their agenda of consolidating unchecked power in Washington, let's take a moment to remember that this happened once before in 1994, and not much changed with the Republicans in power.

Even with so many great candidates this year- many of whom are political outsiders, self-made small business owners, and vocally opposed- in clear public policy terms- to the direction Washington has been on for decades now... it is important to remember that there will NEVER be a Savior on Capitol Hill.

The problems with the government in Washington are rampant, systemic, and deeply entrenched in a hurricane-force feedback loop of corruption and ill-gotten gain. The system will ONLY be fixed if WE THE PEOPLE continue to display the level of intensity, engagement, and fierce devotion to principle and policy that we have displayed over the last two years.

We cannot afford to consider ourselves saved and the GOP our saviors once its candidates sweep to power this week. Now is the time more than ever, to hold Congress accountable to an agenda of curtailing the size, role, and influence of Washington D.C. by means of more transparency, accountability, and fiscal sanity.

Having said so, I now want to introduce to you a song by an independent Christian artist in Nashville name Derek Webb. It's called "Savior on Capitol Hill" and it is the most perfect and articulate expression of what you just read above. It's also quite a breath of fresh air to see so much healthy skepticism of Washington's power- even its military power- from an evangelical Christian.

Enjoy, and share this post / this song with all your friends, family, and co-workers so that they can keep it in mind during tomorrow's inevitable revelry:

Here are the full "Savior On Capitol Hill" lyrics:

I’m so tired of these mortal men
with their hands on their wallets and their hearts full of sin
scared of their enemies, scared of their friends
and always running for re-election
so come to DC if it be thy will
because we’ve never had a savior on Capitol Hill

you can always trust the devil or a politician
to be the devil or a politician
but beyond that friends you’d best beware
’cause at the Pentagon bar they’re an inseparable pair
and as long as the lobbyists are paying their bills
we’ll never have a savior on Capitol Hill

all of our problems gonna disappear
when we can whisper right in that President’s ear
he could walk right across the reflection pool
in his combat boots and ten thousand dollar suit

you can render unto Caesar everything that’s his
you can trust in his power to come to your defense
it’s the way of the world, the way of the gun
it’s the trading of an evil for a lesser one
so don’t hold your breath or your vote until
you think you’ve finally found a savior up on Capitol Hill

Wes Messamore,
Editor in Chief, THL
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